48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
The Pittsburgh Steelers need to upgrade at running back, and Alabama’s Eddie Lacy runs like a classic Steelers back. Lacy is a physical, powerful, between-the-tackles runner but also has good speed and moves in the open field. He is outstanding value in the middle of Round 2, and would address one of the Steelers’ biggest positions of need.
49. New York Giants: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
The New York Giants could get good value on a much-needed playmaker at linebacker with the second-round selection of Georgia’s Alec Ogletree.
Ogletree could slide down the draft board due to concerning off-field trouble, but on the field, he is an athletic linebacker who is a skilled blitzer, a hard hitter and effective in coverage as a former safety. His potential makes him well worth taking a chance on in the middle of Round 2.
50. Chicago Bears: Dallas Thomas, G/OT, Tennessee
The Chicago Bears took the first step to rebuilding their offensive line by signing left tackle Jermon Bushrod, but still need reinforcements across their offensive line. Tennessee’s Dallas Thomas would be solid value in the middle of Round 2, and is a physical, athletic and versatile offensive lineman with starting potential at both guard and right tackle.
51. Washington Redskins: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
The Washington Redskins offense improved in a big way last season with the addition of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, but as RG3 not only continues to develop but also fights back from a torn ACL, adding more weapons to the passing game remains a good idea, especially if RG3’s former Baylor teammate, Terrance Williams, is still on the board in Round 2.
Reuniting Griffin and Williams could give the young quarterback an immediate go-to downfield target. Williams is a talented downfield playmaker who can help the Redskins stretch the field, and add a more explosive dynamic to the offense in Washington.
52. Minnesota Vikings: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
Releasing Antoine Winfield opened up a need for the Minnesota Vikings to draft another cornerback. Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer is a second-round talent with the coverage instincts, ball skills and physical play to be a solid starting cornerback in the NFL, and is ready to step in immediately as a No. 2 or nickel cornerback.
53. Cincinnati Bengals: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
The Cincinnati Bengals should be looking for a playmaker at the running back position who can complement BenJarvus Green-Ellis with athleticism, quickness and receiving ability. Giovani Bernard is a dynamic player out of the backfield who is good value late in Round 2, and could be a terrific fit for that role.
54. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts): Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
The Miami Dolphins will likely move Jonathan Martin to left tackle to replace Jake Long, which opens up a need at right tackle. Florida State’s Menelik Watson is a very raw talent, but is projected by some as a first-round pick and is a possible choice for the Dolphins in Round 2 to fill the void on the right side of the line.
55. Green Bay Packers: Kawann Short, DT/DE, Purdue
The Green Bay Packers could be in the market for another interior defensive lineman to line up next to B.J. Raji in the three-man front and nickel formations as an interior pass-rusher. Purdue’s Kawann Short is terrific value late in Round 2, and is a well-rounded defensive tackle who is an explosive penetrator and also a stout gap-filler on run defense.
56. Seattle Seahawks: Jamie Collins, OLB/DE, Southern Miss
Southern Miss’ Jamie Collins is an under-the-radar, versatile playmaker who could be a very good fit for the Seahawks’ defense. A talented linebacker with great size and athleticism, Collins could replace Leroy Hill in the lineup at linebacker but also could project to playing the LEO spot in pass-rushing situations.
57. Houston Texans: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
There is loads of value on the board at wide receiver, making it a great time for the Houston Texans to draft a player who can be a legitimate No. 2 option opposite Andre Johnson.
Tennessee’s Justin Hunter is a big-upside playmaker with a great combination of size and athleticism. He has had issues with inconsistency but can make tremendous plays on the ball, and his measurables and playmaking ability would force defenses to pay attention to him and help draw multiple coverages away from Johnson.
58. Denver Broncos: William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
Losing Elvis Dumervil in a contract fiasco could put the Denver Broncos in the market for another defensive end and pass-rusher early in the draft. Michigan State’s William Gholston is a big defensive end with high upside. He struggled with inconsistency and is not a tremendously explosive athlete, but he can pass-rush from both outside and inside and is a solid run-stopper.
59. New England Patriots: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
The New England Patriots need to add an interior pass-rusher to their defensive line to bring more pressure against their opponents. LSU’s Bennie Logan is a raw talent, but a very athletic interior lineman with the potential to be a dynamic penetrator as an under tackle next to Vince Wilfork.
60. Atlanta Falcons: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia
The Atlanta Falcons should continue their defensive line reinforcements on Day 2 of the draft by finding a run-stuffing defensive tackle to line up next to Jonathan Babineaux. They could get that from Georgia’s John Jenkins, a massive yet quick nose tackle who could be a steal late in Round 2 if he can overcome motor concerns.
61. San Francisco 49ers: Baccari Rambo, FS, Georgia
Losing Dashon Goldson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers leaves the San Francisco 49ers in need of a new free safety. Georgia’s Baccari Rambo would be a good fit and value late in Round 2.
Like Goldson, Rambo is a striker who hits his opponents hard, but is also a good athlete and a playmaker in coverage, which the 49ers need as they continue to rebuild their secondary.
62. Baltimore Ravens: Phillip Thomas, FS/SS, Fresno State
With legendary free safety Ed Reed seemingly unlikely to return and strong safety Bernard Pollard cut, the Baltimore Ravens have a massive need at the safety position. Fresno State’s Phillip Thomas, a ballhawk defensive back who can play either safety spot, would be a good fit to help fill that void in the middle of the Ravens’ secondary.